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  • How to introduce a new food to horses diet
  • How to introduce new things into a horse's diet

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    06-17-2012, 05:07 AM
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Foal
new horse /new diet

Hi all, im a newby to horse ownership- got a 16hh cob who is used to living out all the time which is fab. However when the winter arrives and the fields are lacking in grass she will be coming indoors I guess. Other than hay im not sure what to feed her? My second concern is I understand that if I just introduce new diet it will result in potential gut problems?
Eeek too much to learn
     
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    06-17-2012, 05:28 AM
  #2
Foal
Hello
Im not entirely sure (im just saying from experience) but I got a new 2 year old horse about 2 months ago (i own 8 others though ;) ) and didnt want to change his diet incase it led to problems like you said. He was previously on a list of other foods, so I slowly changed them into his food system, and kept some of his old foods the same.
But in your case if she has only just had hay, you could slowly introduce chaff, and then whatever type of food you want to feed her! :) I feed my guy lotsss different food such as chaff, sunflower seeds, soya meal, copra, stud gro, livamol, and equilibrium for his minerals and some few herbs, and my guy is doing great.

So I guess keep her on her hay and just slowly introduce new feed into her system.
Hope this helps :)
     
    06-17-2012, 05:55 AM
  #3
Foal
Thats fab for starters thanx for the advice - will look into it all
     
    06-17-2012, 06:16 AM
  #4
Showing
You introduce new things to a horse's diet GRADUALLY and very SLOWLY.

If they have only been on hay, start with a small amount of feed (a handful) and then slowly increase to the serving size that gets the job done (maintain weight, gain weight, etc.)

Make sure your horse gets good hoof nutrition and his vitamins and minerals. Some feeds offer these included, others you need to supplement them in.

Ask the vet in your area, they should shed some light.

Best of luck :)
     
    06-17-2012, 11:50 PM
  #5
Trained
Hi,

Basically, if your horse is healthy, not in hard work, aside from a nutritional supp, she may need nothing more than hay.

As others have said, gradual changes in diet are important, as is feeding little & often, rather than only 1-2 meals daily if possible. The main issue re gut problems IME is starchy/sugary feeds, particularly if they're large. Therefore especially if you can't feed little & often, I'd prefer to avoid grainy or such rations and I'd also make sure meals were small - too big meals can be problematic for an animal designed for tiny, near constant feeding on poor (compared to improved grasses, rich hard feeds) quality roughage.
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    06-18-2012, 12:29 AM
  #6
Weanling
RACHEL your going to get alot of opinions on this in the forum and you think theres alot to learn try figuring the opinions out lol. I could give mine But your best bet is between your vet and the grain store. If your not sure about what to start him on a vet is great for helping you with a feed plan that is best for your new friend. Anyway you slice it gradually introducing feed is best. Feed stores can help as well. JMHO

Good luck have fun and love your horse!

TRR
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